The Carolina Hurricanes have now lost five of their last eight games, after falling 4-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday. Here’s the game recap.
Dougie Hamilton almost got a weak one through Carter Hart in the first minute, nearly putting it under Hart’s arm but it ended up dinging the post and going into the corner. It didn’t look that dangerous but it was worth a try. Then Hart made a great save on Andrei Svechnikov who was all alone in front of the net with a shot teed up for him but Hart was positioned well.
The Flyers took advantage on an early power play to open the scoring, as Sean Couturier tipped in a great slap-pass from Matt Niskanen. Dougie Hamilton then nearly tied it a bit later, hitting the post for the second time on a slapshot.
Carter Hart was great in the first period. He faced nine shots in the first 10 minutes and was forced to make multiple saves on point-blank chances.
The teams traded chances early in the second period, as Mrazek stopped Kevin Hayes on a 2-on-1 and then Hart stopped Sebastian Aho on a breakaway. Travis Konecny then got an excellent chance, coming in all alone before being stopped by an outstretched Mrazek. Carolina was then able to tie it, as Trevor van Riemsdyk jumped into the play, waited and found Lucas Wallmark, who tapped it in to tie the game.
In the third period, Philadelphia took the lead when the Hurricanes weren’t able to clear the puck and the rebound from a point shot landed right on Konecny’s stick and he slid it into the empty net. The Flyers then added to their lead when Joel Farabee cut in and while Mrazek stopped the initial shot, Farabee pounced on his own rebound to put Philadelphia up 3-1. Jake Gardiner should never have let Farabee walk in the way he did and he wasn’t hard enough on either the player or the puck. We know Gardiner is what he is and comes with set strengths and weaknesses and unfortunately, that’s long been one of the weaknesses.
Claude Giroux then ended it on a breakaway that came after a strange couple of bounces, putting it five-hole on Mrazek and giving the Flyers a 4-1 win.
Mrazek played well and overall, unlike a few of their other losses, I thought the Hurricanes had a pretty good game. They had their share of lapses and turnovers but I wouldn’t say it was any more than what we saw from Philadelphia. Carolina ran into a goalie who had a great game and that was a major factor in the loss.
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